One night in Paris…

Still clinging to the grains of sand remains
a hope of one and half degrees, unburned
its fossil carbon, drops still left undrained.
Today, on paper signed, a lesson learned:
when evidence is given we might act
to save this grain in universe, our soil,
and maybe trust the scientists whose facts
are telling us to leave, untouched the oil
still waiting in the voids between the grains
of sand, as earth’s the flower in our hands.

The Baku Oil Fields by  Konstantin Bogaevsky

The Baku Oil Fields by Konstantin Bogaevsky

I know it’s hard to be hopeful, but the signature on an agreement to control carbon emission is a reason to celebrate. Let us keep up the pressure on our politicians to deliver on their promises. Oilsand is one of the remaining sources of fossil fuel, let us leave it where it is, which is exactly how we can see (and save) the world in a grain of sand. This is 10 line sonnetina for Kerry’s prompt at toads, I will link this one up at Poetry Pantry as well.

December 12, 2015

36 responses to “One night in Paris…

  1. Right on, Bjorn. Now if the nations will ratify it. The U.S. with a unified Congress against conservation will not, I predict.
    I like your picture and the song. We generally stay a few nights in Paris when we come to France. Most times we fly there and rent a car to leave town. Sometimes we stay in London and take the Chunnel train.
    In my post, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a baroque French château located in Maincy, near Melun, 55 kilometres (34 mi) southeast of Paris. We visited it in 2009 when I took the picture in the basement museum there.

  2. It is nice to see a bit of hope indeed coming out of Paris. These signatures have been a long time in coming. One step at a time.

  3. Things are looking bad for us here in South Africa with a president that’s gone rampant with greed and power. Our economic situation is really dire and to worry about carbon footprints is not on our list of important things to consider.

  4. The agreement does give us some hope at least. Now we must keep our governments compliant with what they have signed. Very pertinent and timely post Björn.

  5. Beautifully conveyed -and the painting reminds us of what seems a timeless war between humankind and the planet..when will we ever realise we need it more than it needs us! But yes..hope in the Paris agreement

  6. I often wonder why it is that the world’s leaders pay so little heed to what the scientists are telling them. Maybe it does not pay them to be attentive.

  7. The oil source of the future of abundance in US and Canada which is now perhaps reason for over-supply and drop in oil price. It’s giving the Arabs a run for their money. US and Canada may not want to keep it intact to disregard a clear advantage. Incisive thoughts Bjorn!


  8. If more of us pushed and continued to push, then I hope that “hope” might become something easier to hold on to.

    Yes, beginnings, even when they seem like just something happening on paper, are great things to celebrate. ♥

  9. If only! I love the sense of solemnity in this Bjorn–and also of reverence. I wish oil did not make so many people so much money–it is killing us, and no one seems to care enough to stop them–I hope this pact will help.

  10. Beautifully done, Bjorn…”earth’s the flower in our hands”. What the bigwigs dont seem to recognize is that switching to clean energy sources will provide employment and boost the economy, as well as giving earth a much needed break. Thanks for this hopeful note. At least they reached consensus and signed something. But am not sure self-policing and “checking in every five years” is strong enough. At least something has been accomplished, though, reason for hope.

  11. Your poem celebrates a hopeful breakthrough . let the flower bloom

    Interesting video

    Thanks for dropping in at my Sunday Lime

    Much love…

  12. I just got up to speed on the news and it is reason to celebrate! When I wrote my haibun yesterday I wasn’t even aware of what had happened…

    “when evidence is given we might act
    to save this grain in universe, our soil,”

    Powerfully worded indeed…all. Cheers to hope. 🙂

  13. I think this is about a couple who fell in love in Paris, ending up getting married. But now they’re divorcing, even though they both feel compelled to save the relationship. Neither will stop what’s already in motion because it hurts too much. Better to just let it all go, even if it means the little bit of remaining sand (in the hourglass of their lives) will only offer them sorrow and loneliness. The earth, the flower … that is their child. They will have to focus on that.

  14. …and we are all guilty of feeding the monster. We all drive, fly, etc. I agree, though. Taking all the oil from the earth – it just can’t be a good thing – it has to have a reciprocal damage – whether it be short or long term or both. Alternative energy just doesn’t make as much money, I guess AND it would take time to implement and people do not want to be slowed down! Sigh. What a mess. Loved the beautiful ending of your poem.

  15. Earth is truly the most patient mother of all.
    In this wild ongoing genocide, hope is sometimes all we got left.

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